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The government’s contempt for the rule of law

Johnson’s administration had a dubious legal record before the pandemic. Now it is appalling

By Alex Dean  

Cummings leaves his home at the height of the Durham/Barnard Castle Row. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images

Boris Johnson’s government had a controversial relationship with the rule of law from the start. The prime minister unlawfully prorogued parliament. When MPs later passed the Benn Act instructing him to seek a Brexit extension, he spent weeks briefing that he would do no such thing, only relenting at the last minute. Supporters said he was within his rights; critics said confidence in the rule of law was…

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